“The thing always happens that you really believe in, and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” – Frank Lloyd Wright.

Australian female tennis star Ash Barty recently fulfilled her childhood dream when she won her third grand slam at the Australian Open. Barty said she would hit the ball against the wall every day for hours after school. She started playing tennis at the age of four and has played in many championships worldwide. At the age of 12, she was playing against adult males. Barty has won three grand slam titles at the 2019 French Open, Wimbledon 2021, and 2022 Australian Open. Barty’s success story today all started with a dream.

It isn’t easy to find anyone who became genuinely successful without a dream in any field of human endeavor. The question that should agitate your mind most is, ‘do I have a dream?’ Do I have something worthwhile to commit my time and energy to become successful? This question is not as easy to answer because we all have different strengths and abilities, and if we try to focus our strengths on our lesser capabilities, failure is not far away. The good thing about this is that dreaming is free for everyone, and you can start right away! For example, you can dream of becoming president of your country, a celebrated sportsman, famous inventor, entrepreneur, philosopher, etc. The list is endless.

Dreaming alone is not a guarantee for success. Most times, you will have many limiting beliefs and negative thoughts and opinions that will creep into your mind telling you that you cannot achieve your goals. Most of these thoughts will come from past experiences, especially in your childhood. For instance, if you grew up in an atmosphere of encouragement and support, you are more likely to have the self-confidence to try new things. But if you grew up in an atmosphere of constant criticism and a lack of opportunity to try things out, you will likely believe that you cannot succeed. It would help if you believed in your dreams.

Luckily, it is possible to challenge and overcome your doubts and succeed. You need first to agree that the things you dream about are possible even if they don’t make sense to you immediately. Usually, your mind will flash thoughts that are possible. If you want to succeed, you must believe in those dreams and start working towards them. You may see yourself creating an app to solve problems, starting a movement for the betterment of humanity, engaging in a societal cause, etc.

The year is still fresh, so it is an excellent time to re-evaluate if you have dreams in the first place and then if you believe in them at all. If you take this step, you will surely be on your way to success.

We’ll be happy to hear your comments or questions in the comments section below.




Besidone Ebule is the Project Director at B2SL, where he works to encourage personal development and build success networks. You can contact him at    

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  • Emi Omo getto

    Wow…. Such a fantastic article!!! I learnt that having a dream doesn’t mean that you will succeed in such dreams until you actually believe that you can achieve such dreams.

  • Sammy999

    Dreams without work is useless, so if someone have a dream to become an accountant, the person will not only dream about it, you will have to work towards it to achieve it.
    In order to achieve it the person will have to humble himself be moving close to those who have idea about the profession, so that there won’t be much stress and doubt in achieving it, there will be 100% confidence that you can achieve it.

  • Jeffrey

    Dreaming without hard work towards success is unrealistic (dead) so therefore working towards a dream requires much hardwork to succeed.

    • Ajilore Daniel O.

      Surround yourself with people that will motivate you in achieving your dreams because it does affects the likelihood of you achieving the dream.
      To have a dream, is fine.
      To have a goal, is fine.
      To achieve such dreams is NOT fine, you will need to put away your fears and have the belief that your constant hardwork towards your dream will materialize.

  • Ajilore Daniel O.

    Splendid 🥳❤️


    Most(if not all) persons have one dream or the other.However,the gap between dreaming and its fulfilment is ACTION.Successful people are those who not only dream but take directed steps towards acheiving their vision.

  • Bola Emoruwa

    I love this article and I wish I could just apply this to my life.

  • folakhemi

    I have a dream to become a medical doctor and I hope to achieve this by applying myself to getting better at my core subjects like Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths and English

  • Oyebamiji Timothy Ayomide

    All things are possible to him that believeth

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